When most people think of candy, they usually think of the store-bought and unhealthy ones. But sometimes we need a vitamin-packed, interesting “candy” treat instead. Guilt-free candy is not only possible, it's easy and delicious with pistachios!
What better peanut butter alternative in candy than the nutritious, humble pistachio? Pistachio products, whether pistachio butter or pistachios for sale, are a ingredient to some of the best guilt-free candy. To tempt your palate, here are 7 guilt-free (and homemade) pistachio candies that even the most inexperienced chef can prepare.
Pistachio Butter Cups
Ditch your tired Reese’s for a fresh and healthy peanut butter alternative: the pistachio butter cup. These little, poppable candies are addictive and so easy to make—you may be in trouble.
For any homemade Reese’s recipe, whether with peanut butter or pistachio butter, the general instructions go something like this:
- Melt chocolate
- Pour a small layer of the chocolate into a muffin pan or mold, freeze till solid
- Layer in pistachio butter with a butter spreader knife, freeze again
- Pour another small layer of chocolate on top, freezing again
- Pop out and enjoy!
This simple, classic pistachio butter cup recipe says you’ll need these ingredients for the filling:
- 1/2 cup or 125gr pistachio butter
- 2 tbsp or 28gr butter at room temperature
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup or 55gr icing sugar
And these ingredients for the chocolate coating:
- 18 oz. or 500gr semi sweet chocolate (70%), coarsely chopped
- 1tbsp or 10gr butter or shortening
This recipe also gives a recipe for pistachio butter, but it’s time consuming and tricky. Rather than making your own, skip a step and make it easier on yourself with Seed & Shell’s high-quality, best pistachio butter.
Or, for an even more unique take on the classic, buy pistachio butter and use it for these white chocolate and spiced pistachio butter cups. Or, take an even different approach with green tea and syrup for these pistachio butter matcha chocolate cups.
Decadent Pistachio Truffles
Truffles are one of the most decadent, easiest desserts to make at home. Taking roughly only 30 minutes to prepare, all you have to do for these pistachio surprise truffles is roll pistachio filling in melted chocolate (ganache), then in cocoa powder or crushed pistachios.
This simple take on a classic is made even easier with some tasty, ready-to-go pistachio nut butter. Or, for a sweeter take, swap out milk or dark chocolate for these white chocolate pistachio truffles.
Crunchy Pistachio Brittle
California pistachios pair beautifully with tart fruits like cherries and cranberries. And, when combined together, the only way to improve it is to put it with some chocolate or caramel. Pistachio brittle takes tired peanuts out of the picture for a better, healthier revision.
This Salted Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Bark takes a whopping 5 minutes to prepare. Plus, you get to take out some frustration when you break it up into pieces to enjoy.
Five minutes still too long? Understandable. If you’re looking for an even quicker and easier fix for your sweet tooth, this microwave pistachio brittle can be prepared with the best quality pistachios, and stored for up to three months, ready to go when you need it.
Looking for a more elegant and exotic approach? Trying to impress (even though your baking skills may be less-than-impressive)? This Persian pistachio brittle uses incredibly unique, authentic, and attention-grabbing ingredients.
Pralines, Caramels, and Nougat, Oh My!
You don’t have to travel down the yellow brick road for these unique candies. Pralines are small, chocolatey, poppable treats that take less than 20 minutes to prepare. With two dollops of chocolate, a lump of pistachio butter, and a mold, you can make these decadent homemade pistachio pralines.
Want to buy pistachios for sale online for a tasty treat? Chop them up and sprinkle them on these Honey Tahini Caramels With Pistachios & Dried Apricots. This 10 minute recipe brings out the best of every ingredient for a melt-in-your-mouth experience.
This cherry-pistachio nougat is absolutely gorgeous—a showstopper for any get-together or your own feast-of-the-eyes. Using only egg whites, sugar, honey, and water, the nougat base is light and airy. Buy pistachios and cherries and layer them into the nougat for that iconic mosaic look.
Candied pistachios give all the joy of candy without a lot of the bad stuff, while highlighting and showcasing the simple beauty of the humble pistachio. For these candied pistachios, all you have to do is toss them in sugar over heat—an easy treat you can make anytime in just 5 minutes. Add in a bit of honey for a lighter approach, or mix in other nuts and dried fruits for these candied pistachio ginger cups.
Pistachio Dipped Fruits
Pistachios go great with fruit—the salty and sweet mix, especially when combined with chocolate, caramel, and other complimentary flavors, creates a super easy, healthy candied dessert.
Apricots are an often overlooked fruit that shine with California pistachios. These candied pistachio apricots call for store-bought melted chocolates, making for an even more simplified approach. Want to spice it up? Chai spice is a unique flavor that compliments apricots and pistachios—this chai chocolate apricot with pistachios recipe lists all of the spices to ensure you have a flavor explosion.
Not a fan of apricots? Want to use an in-season fruit? These matcha-dipped strawberries with crushed pistachios are delicious, prepared with only the best quality pistachios.
Want to feel like you are a part of a fancy, high-end carnival? Make your own pistachio candy apples for a unique taste on a classic. Looking for a refresh in the heat? Munch on these peach passion pops coated in chocolate and California pistachios for a by-the-pool snack break.